Manx Wildlife Week is a great way to learn about and explore our lovely Island while meeting the people who help monitor and protect our wild spaces and the living things within it.
Building on the success of our first Manx Wildlife Week last year there are more than double the number of events running from the 4th to the 12th May, taking advantage of the Bank Holiday, and there should be something for everyone.
In 2018 the Manx Museum and National Trust (MNH), with partners from the Manx Biological Recording Partnership launched Manx Wildlife Week to celebrate the Isle of Man joining the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) with its own dedicated site, making the largest collection of species and habitat data about the Island and its waters available through one website.
Why is this important? Our world is rapidly changing and it is crucial that we understand how that will affect us and future generations, but for us to be able to do that we need data, lots of data.
Currently there are just under 896,000 records and the number will keep on growing.
For this year's celebration of the Isle of Man’s natural environment, we are partnering up with a host of people and organisations who will be providing events for everyone in all parts of the Island and they include: a guided walk on the hills, studying traditional remedies, a morning bird watching for young families, learning how to remove invasive plants and lessons to improve identification skills.
Understanding our natural world can be a fascinating journey and every person can get involved.
As the icing on the cake we are also lucky enough to have Simon King, of TV's Autumn Watch and Big Cat Diaries fame, returning to give an evening lecture and a morning master class in wildlife watching.
His appearances last year were very popular, so make sure to book your tickets early via our website.